NEW ORLEANS — Shannon Veal stepped to the foul line, steadied herself and sank two free throws. Then she signaled her coach that she needed a breather.
Before her coach could replace her, the 17-year-old Louisiana high school star collapsed and died.
“It’s the kind of thing I’ll always look back on, but it was just seconds,” Glen Oaks High School coach Harold Boudreaux said by telephone Tuesday. “She was guarding a player and just keeled over. You could hear her head hit the floor.”